GSMA names six potential cities for Mobile World Congress 2013

Let the guessing begin.

Of the six bid cities the GSMA has selected, where should Mobile World Congress be held starting in 2013?  The GSM Association selected six potential host cities for the Mobile World Congress trade show beginning in 2013. The cities include Amsterdam, current host Barcelona, Cologne, Milan, Munich and Paris.

The wireless trade organization that sponsors the annual convention said it plans to identify a short list of finalist cities in January and to complete the evaluation process and announce the next host city in mid-2011. The next host city will be home to the trade show through 2017.

If a new city is picked, it will mark the end of a six-year run for Barcelona as host. The trade show has been held in the coastal city in Catalonia, Spain, since 2006, when it was still called 3GSM World Congress. Before that, the show, which regularly draws close to 50,000 attendees, was held in Cannes.

The show is still a mecca for wireless players all over the world, particularly those based in Europe. In recent years, the Consumer Electronics Show in the United States has taken on greater prominence in the pantheon of wireless trade shows.

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